PhD studentship for Ottoman Auralities and the Eastern Mediterranean: Sound, Media and Power, 1789-1922 (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
January 05, 2023
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PhD studentship for Ottoman Auralities and the Eastern Mediterranean:

Sound, Media and Power, 1789-1922 (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a 3-year funded doctoral studentship offered to start in October 2023. The successful applicant will work on a collaborative project led by Dr Peter McMurray at the Faculty of Music (Cambridge).

The project offers the opportunity to conduct PhD research into histories of sound and audiovisual media in the late Ottoman Empire and eastern Mediterranean (1789-1922), focusing on how sonic practices and their mediations through technical systems produced important new cultural shifts.

Candidates should propose a project that investigates some aspect of auditory cultures of the eastern Mediterranean during the late Ottoman period (roughly from the late 18th century to the establishment of the Turkish Republic, though projects that extend beyond those dates are possible). Projects that emphasize the lives of women and ethnic minorities within the Ottoman Empire are particularly welcome. Further details: https: // www. studentship-ottoman-auralities-and-eastern-mediterranean.


The successful candidate should have received a Merit in a UK Master's degree (or equivalent), including a mark of distinction in the most extended, relevant piece of work. Ideally, applicants will have knowledge of both Ottoman history and sound studies, though in-depth knowledge of one of these fields and a willingness to learn the other is possible. Alternatively, a background in related fields such as history, musicology (especially global music history), visual studies, history of science and/or comparative literature is also possible.


The studentship is fully funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible students who are liable for 'home rate' fees. EU and international students may also be considered for this award, although they may be required to cover the difference in fee level between home and overseas rates.

Application process:

All applications will need to be made for the PhD in Music through the University Postgraduate Application Portal. By ticking 'Yes - I wish to apply for funding' in the funding section, you will automatically be considered for other University funding beyond this project. It is strongly advised that applicants apply by the funding deadline of midnight (UK time) on Thursday 05 January 2023. However, the closing date for this studentship is Sunday 22 January 2023.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Peter McMurray to discuss their project proposals before making a formal application.

Whilst making your online application please state "Ottoman Auralities" as your 'Proposed research title', indicate Dr Peter McMurray as your 'Proposed supervisor' and upload a 'Research proposal' (ideally around 1,000-2,500 words) outlining your suitability for this project, including an overview of key research question(s), the project's relationship to the relevant disciplines (i.e., Ottoman history and sound studies), and a tentative research plan.

We want to encourage the widest range of potential students to study for this studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, including applicants with personal ties to the eastern Mediterranean.

For project-specific enquires please email Dr Peter McMurray ( For general enquiries about the position, please email the Project Coordinator (

Further information on the application process: https: // www.

Please quote reference GT34720 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


Faculty of Music, Cambridge






16 December 2022

Closing date

22 January 2023

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